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Friday, September 23, 2011

Doggie Walk Time!

Hello everyone!
Tiki and I are so glad you stopped in at my blog. *Sit*, *Stay* and have fun!  If you are here to participate in "Gilby's Makeover Walk" blog hop, then welcome!  *Shake* good :)  If you just happened by and would like to start from the beginning then you need to stroll on over and check out Wendy and Gilby's fabulous blog with it's adorable new look.  That is where you begin.  Just click on the picture below and it will take you there!
Gilby's Craftster Blog Hop
If you are already on the walk then *Good Blogger*, Yay!!  I'm glad you are here :)   Ok, are the doggy commands too much ? Hehehe...just trying to get into the spirit of the walk!  Tiki got dressed up for the occasion, hope you like her pretty bow!
 I loved the theme of this "makeover" walk because it made me start thinking of a project I have been putting off for....about....uuuummmm.....7 years now!  :O  Yep, I am quite the procrastinator, especially for big projects and this is one of them.

About 8 years ago, my husband and I embarked on a journey to create a true home for our family.  Everyone thought we were nuts and honestly, at times, we thought we were nuts too.

We took a house that was built in 1906 and that had not been lived in for almost 40 years, removed the entire roof, cut it in half and moved it to our land in the country.  As you can see in the top photo, IT WAS A MESS!  I won't bore you will all the details but I will say that this picture actually makes it look pretty good compared to what it really looked like.  It took me, my husband and both of our fathers 14 months to renovate this house and now, 7 years later it has become our home.  I hope you enjoy my makeover project because honestly, the house needed it.  After the pictures and description you will find more info about the Doggie Walk so scroll on down!

For this project I used only white paper and the Country Carnival Imagine cartridge and a few pop dots here and there.  I have been wanting to use this one for a while.  It is not really my aesthetic but I think it goes well with the vintage feel of the house.  I plan on using Vintage Damask and Vintage Papers in this new album I will be creating that will record the entire process of the renovation.  It's quite a story and I will be sharing it here as I slowly work on it between other projects.
This is what the house looked like as it sat in the little town we moved it from.  This pic was taken about two years before we moved the house.  It got a lot worse looking in those two years.
There was an antique climbing rose bush that grew in front of the long wrap around porch when this house sat in town and the house mover was kind enough to dig it up with a huge root ball and set it aside so it could be planted along side the house in it's new home in the country but over night someone stole it right off the sidewalk!  The nerve of some people......anyway, I thought the roses on this cartridge were nice and paid homage to the beautiful roses that once were in front of the house.  I now have 5 rose bushes beside the house :)
Here is the house after we finished.  What a change huh?  This was about 3 years after we moved in since we had grass!  Before then there was nothing but dirt and cactus!  We are really proud of our home and even the cactus and mesquite that surround it.
The house cut came from the Handy Man Lite cartridge, which was a perfect cartridge to buy for a house renovation project.  I plan to use it a lot also.  I used Crystal Glaze and Stickles to make the door look like the door on our house.  These letters were cut with all the layers but the ones on top were cut as one layer.

I hope you enjoyed the project and are inspired to make over something.  I would think long and hard before you choose a house to make over!  Ever since, we have said if we had it to do all over again, we would build from the ground up!  But there is no fear of that, I'm not moving.....ever!!!!  :)

Now more Doggie Walk info and by the way, Tiki, my sweet Llaso just HAD to be a part of it when she found out Gilby and Princess Penelope got to play too!  There may be other sweet pups along the way also.  I wanted you to know that as you are frolicking through all the blogs on the walk, that for every comment you leave (there can be 16 total, one on each blog) then you are entered to win one of the puppy treats listed below.  That's 16 chances to win!!!!  There will be 7 winners, now how awesome is that!???  I would love for you to become a follower and then leave a comment and a way to get in touch, good luck and have a howling good time!
Tiki has been drooling over all the Puppy Treats and incredible sponsors for this walk.  Check them out!

VK Design Co. Blog Button (our Very own Veronica)
Buggaboo Stamps 7 Digi Stamps of Winners Choice
Jen's Digi Stamps 5 Digi Stamps of Winners Choice
Cutting Cafe' 3 SVG Files of Winners Choice
My Creative Time Stamp Set (All Around Christmas)
My Pink Stamper Stamp Set (Punnylicious)
Peechy Keen Stamps 2 Stamp Sets (Brand new Happy Go Lucky Dog Face Assortment & the same set but in the 1 1/8" size)
Our Craft Lounge Stamp Set (Pretty and Pampered)
Pink By Design $15 Gift Certificate to Her Store
Gilbyscraftster 3 Cricut Cartridges The Limited Winter Collection, Cricut Color Markers,
"Tarte" Clay Mascara (love) I know silly huh? It is a "Makeover" Hop though lol

 

Sooooo, thanks for stopping by, now go *fetch* some more inspiration and have fun!
Here is the line up and it's a good one!

62 comments:

  1. What a makeover and how brave of you and your husband to take that challenge on!! I am a new follower, love the layout!!
    Kristan
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

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  2. Adoable and I can't believe you took on that challenge that is one heck of a project.

    Great layout loving the fonts.

    Thanks,

    terri_ski at yahoo dot com

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  3. Wow, the home make over is great, you did a fabulous job on the L/O!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

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  4. Incredible...your upcoming album project will be so fun to walk down memory lane and realize you survived it all and have so much to be thankful for! AWESOME job! Amazing!

    TFS

    saetterman at aol dot com

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  5. Love your layout and can't wait to see more posts on your renovation!

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  6. Love your LO and beautiful house.

    Hugs,
    kate

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  7. Wow, what an amazing project and way to document and remember it! TFS.

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  8. That's amazing and congrats on a wonderful home you all have made!

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  9. Wow. Now THAT is a makeover! Just beautiful and what a labor of love. :) The best!

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  10. Love the letters on your page. Very creative! I bet your house is something beautiful to see!

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  11. What a huge undertaking. But the outcome looks wonderful. SO happy for you in your 'new' home. :) It is truly beautiful.

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  12. OMG, that had to have been a massive undertaking. I can't even pathom what it took to do all that work. Thanks for sharing.
    Sherry
    needingJesusdaily@hotmail.com

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  13. great makeover on your home! love it! thanks for sharing

    keith_porter@comcast.net ...Just in case you need it! :-)

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  14. It must be so rewarding to be in the house of your dreams and to see that all your hard work paid off. Tiki has the cutest marking on his chin and chest
    katieoscreations@gmail.com

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  15. Wow what an undertaking. Someday you will have to show the inside of the house!!!! nlundeen at catt dot com

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  17. Sorry, I am reposting. I really need to learn to spell check before I hit the publish button. :) Wow! That is amazing! Your home is beautiful. There is just something about older homes, there is so much personality and character to them.

    September 23, 2011 1:43 PM

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  18. Oh My. AMAZING! My husband and I have re-modeled/re-built several homes in our 35year marriage and finally built this one from scratch. Building from scratch is much easier...just saying! Sending you a HUG, cuz I know all you've gone through to get to this point!!!!

    Patti Ross
    rossfam@wildblue.net
    www.pattilynncreations.blogspot.com

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  19. OMGosh! I don't know what is wrong with me! I started reading your post and I started crying. I am sitting here boo-hooing! Our house got hit by the hurricane and all of the hard renovations we did to the lower part of our house got all washed away...sorry. Please don't post this part.. ok post this

    Great Layout! You did a wonderful job! I am a new follower.

    www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com
    america57@comcast.net

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  20. Awesome makeover! The home looks terrific! I am a new follower.
    Barbara B.
    bkb248@gmail.com

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  21. wow - i love the new house - bet that was some stressful times. thanks for sharing.

    maureen

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  22. aw how long did the bow stay on your dog. great layout
    marial302003@yahoo.com

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  23. Very nice layout of your incredible REAL makeover! I can't even imagine........ TFS:-)

    ~Tammy S

    tammy dot schmitt at mac dot com

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  24. This is such a great makeover story. Your patience paid off. Congratulations on your great home!

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  25. OMGoodness! What a gigantic project you took on. What a spectacular finish. Wow. Love the layouts. I am a new follower.
    Candy
    candyscraftcorner.blogspot.com
    candyyoung826 at msn dot com
    Come enter my giveaway!

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  26. That is quite a story you will tell about your home. It is lovely. I am a new follower. Tiki is adorable!

    Leslie

    cascrapper at gmail dot com

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  27. Cool layout!! Loving the "dog walk" so far. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  28. Wow! I still can't get over the fact that you MOVED your house! It turned out just beautiful! Congrats to you! I love your scrapbook page too!!!

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  29. Awesome job. I would love to see more photo's of your home. I love the layout.
    Kerry

    mommakcrafts.blogspot.com

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  30. Such an undertaking you guys did. I love seeing people renovate older homes, they have so much charter. Thanks for sharing.
    pittypat_0267@yahoo.com

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  31. Wow....such an undertaking you guys took on. I love seeing people renovate and save older homes, they have such wonderful charter. Thanks for sharing.
    pittypat_0267@yahoo.com

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  32. Tiki is a sweetie. I am a new follower.
    http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com/

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  33. Wow, I cannot even imagine the amount of work that went into that house. Makes me tired just thinking about it. I laughed when you said that you aren't moving..ever. And, Gigi (my dog) growled when she heard that someone stole your rose bush (um not really but had to keep to the theme of the "Walk"..and I think all your dog commands rubbed off on me...LOL!) I am a new follower and so happy to meet all you fellow bloggers. I was stop# 2 on this hop with you.

    Great job on the scrapbook pages. Now that is going to be one heck of a book...blood sweat and tears! :) thanks for sharing...

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  34. OH DUH..........I walked to the wrong post!!! LOL
    Your home is gorgeous! You did an amazing job!
    In case I win..........it's Four11Lady@aol.com
    Let the gals before you know too because I forgot to leave my "address"......These 4 shih tzus of mine have me running in every direction....LOL

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  35. You really did do a makerover big time. What a good job.

    Sue
    rolfe974@prodigy.net

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  36. What a cute doggie!!! :-) Love your layout and what an amazing make-over on your house. That's such a wonderful thing to be able to do something like that. TFS!

    -Sam :-)
    SamanthaJDesigns @ hotmail.com

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  37. what a great makeover!!! you should be so proud! :)

    Candace
    scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

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  38. Oh my what a fabulous job you did on the renovation! Looks great!
    Renee
    gohogwild.renee@gmail.com

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  39. Tiki is adorable and I love your LO. What a way to preserve the memories! Oh and so sorry to hear about the rose bush. Hugs- Glora

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  40. wow, what a transformation, great layout

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  41. Wow ...now that's a makeover. Beautiful house.

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  42. so so so cute ..love you project and thanks for sharing your talent!!!!

    Cathie
    scraphappycat@gmail.com

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  43. wow! What a Makeover! Stunning!!

    Many Blessings,
    Tina

    http://craftyandgreen.blogspot.com

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  44. Wow, Jana that's amazing, the before & after pictures, wow. All the hard work you all put in it, I'm sure makes this album your working on very special! Your pages turned out great!!! Love all your puppy talk too. Thanks so much for being in the our Walk!!!
    Big Puppy Hugs,
    Wendy, aka Roo & Gilby

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  45. Oh, forgot to mention how cute Tiki looks in the bow!!! My hubby puts FB jersey's on Gilby on game day! lol

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  46. Wow!! Congratulations for the makeover of turning a house into your home!! Great Job!!

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  47. WOW!!! Now thats a make over LOL!!! What a BEAUTIFUL transfirmation!!! I am soooo impressed.

    And I loved your doggie commands....too cute!!!

    hugs,
    Sarah

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  48. Wow!!! What can I say you all did a excellent job!! We also live in an old farm house (1912), but it has always been lived in so we didn't have as much work to do as you did. Thanks for sharing!!
    cburki1111@gmail.com

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  49. Wow, that's some makeover! If you really want something, anything is possible. :0) I'm a new follower, looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

    lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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  50. Wow this is fun. Its my first blog hop. Its like a craft show in my own home. Its awesome that is a makeover one too as I am always making things over. Thanks guys for sharing.
    PS I just love your home. Its the sort of challenge I would love to do but cant as my hubby is blind. So crafts take up that challenge.

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  51. Love your home! You have made that into your own lovable and liveable space. Beautiful!

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  52. WOW what a gorgeous transformation, it was great that you got to save it and make it your own. Beautiful job. Congratulations and May God Bless you with many happy years there.

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  53. Wow! What a story about the love of a house and then turning that house into a home! BTW==I love Tiki's bow!

    vsturm@ec.rr.com

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  54. Now that is a makeover!!! Wow! You have a beautiful home and how awesome is it that you actually cut it in half and moved it! That's quite a task! It turned out beautifully! TFS
    hugs,
    joni

    arcocha at yahoo dot com

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  55. Wow, what a challenge that must have been renovating your house! It looks great!

    Tracy
    owlbecraftin.blogspot.com
    owlbecraftin at gmail dot com

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  56. I absolutely love your makeover! My husband and I turned an old barn into a house, keeping much of the original look intact. We went green before it was the thing to do! Everything from the old tin on the roof to the beautiful wood floors, that weren't quite good enough to remain as floors, was put to use in the house. Actually, we still call it the barn. We have acreage & I would love to find an old home to move up here as well.

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  57. Great layout and well done to the four of you for the great work on your beautiful home.

    Tina

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  58. What a challange! It looks like it worked out for you. Congrats on the house. It must feel good to be finished.

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  59. THat is an amazing makeover! Amazing!!!! The layout was awesome. I just cannot believe the time it took. Really, if you look at it, it wasn't that long. Great job. So encouraging!

    Dorcas
    dtroche@bellsouth.net

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  60. I'm always impressed how you can take an old house and make it over. You did a great job! Love your new home.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  61. Hello there, I am your newest follower & so glad I found your lovely blog.
    I have been peeking at all your creations and enjoying your work.
    I may not comment on every one of them but just know that it has been a pleasure visiting. I am sure I will be back.
    By the way, I am currently having a giveaway if you are interested. The post is dated SEPT. 1st.
    Look forward to seeing more of your creations.
    Crafty best wishes,
    Sonia

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